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The Beast in the Jungle (1903)

af Henry James

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Henry James's devastating and profoundly moving novella is the story of John Marcher, a man who, for as long as he can remember, has been obsessed by the feeling that some life-changing - even catastrophic - event lies in wait for him like a jungle animal. Then the tragic day arrives on which the terrible true nature of the beast is revealed . . .… (mere)
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It was the truth, vivid and monstrous, that all the while he had waited the wait was itself his portion.

Brilliant. ( )
  drbrand | Jan 13, 2021 |
“It wouldn’t have been failure to be bankrupt, dishonoured, pilloried, hanged; it was failure not to be anything. ”

At a party John Marcher meets May Bartram whom he had met many years before. May recalls a strange confession he made on that occasion and so they begin a long, but uncommitted relationship. Marcher is convinced that will he have a great unknown thrust upon him so he is unwilling to commit himself as awaits it. It is only after May's death that he comes to realise what 'the beast in the jungle' really is.

In this novella Henry James tries to portray the predicament of all the people who forfeit their allotted share of experience, because of their excessive pride and rationality. Marcher suffers chiefly by not responding to May’s affection. This is not a thrill a minute roller-coaster rather it is a plodding, mature look at wasted lives and as such despite its brevity has hidden depths. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jan 31, 2016 |
A short story about the idea of fear and a life lived in fear. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
A man is convinced that some event of significance lurks ahead in his future; he has the sense that a purpose awaits him which is yet to be revealed. He makes the acquaintance of a woman his age with whom he shares his secret, who awaits it with him. Much of the story is their conversations about what it might be, and hints emerge that she has predicted its identity.

We're missing the source for his certainty that he should anticipate some event, the instigation that led to his identifying this as the core truth of his self-identity. It doesn't harm the story not to have it, but it would have provided a more complete arc. The theme is regret about things not done, opportunities not taken; how one wrong axiom about life can throw the opportunity to make the most of it off kilter. Someone once looked at me just so, and I reacted the same way. It happens that quickly and there is no returning to the moment. ( )
  Cecrow | Dec 17, 2014 |
Total complete blather ... crap ... pretentious drivel ... I didn't like it much. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 9, 2014 |
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Henry James's devastating and profoundly moving novella is the story of John Marcher, a man who, for as long as he can remember, has been obsessed by the feeling that some life-changing - even catastrophic - event lies in wait for him like a jungle animal. Then the tragic day arrives on which the terrible true nature of the beast is revealed . . .

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